This really is a sea of riches before us. I can imagine many variations of winning Republican presidential/veep candidates. How about Trump/Carson? Or Christie/Fiorina? Or Fiorina/Paul? Or best of all, Paul and Anybody. But short of that, what could be better than a Rubio/Fiorina ticket? This would be the ultimate male versus female contest. Will the true male contingent vote en masse for their candidates, the smart and honorable candidates, or will they let an aged woman and a left-wing no-borders Latino from California run the country?
I went to a fund-raiser for Rubio in a dusty Florida town when he was running for the US Senate. He had already had an illustrious career in politics from an early age in his state and was a man of ambition. I supported him almost by rote, as a conservative Republican. But I came away deeply impressed on this first acquaintance with his breadth of intelligence and his spontaneity. My friend who went with me felt the same.
He’s presidential timber, I said. “A little young still,” my friend said. “But he has time, and he is one of the smartest guys I’ve seen,” I replied. She has never forgotten my prediction and here we are.
I just announced privately that I thought the GOP nominee would be Trump, maybe with a Carson veep. But that famous political dynamic is in motion, and the front-runner is morphing from Trump and Carson to Cruz and Rubio. Who knows, when the end is reached maybe the candidate will be my favorite, Rand Paul, the only man with a wise foreign policy.
When the issues are debated, the intelligent guys usually win. By trouncing the stupid CNBC moderators and making them look the political hack-losers they are, the candidates were able to put the light back on the real issues we face. These are all impressive candidates. Well, almost all of them. And at last the US audience was able to make an assessment of the characters and ideas of the candidates rather than those of the moderators. I think this stupid debate did the GOP a world of good. Keep the spotlight on ideas and the Dems are finished.
I think Rubio on any grounds is a formidable candidate nationally. He is charismatic, handsome, faithful, true, and smart as a whip. He is strong on US defense, too macho for my tastes but still smart, and he can run intellectual rings around any quantity of so-called MSM mavens. He is not in awe of the process or the vultures of the left.
Fiorina is essential to counter Hillary and she is as quick as Rubio. We would have two really, really smart Republicans countering a heavy-handed and corrupt politico from the Old School (old being the operable word) and no doubt her Latino attack-dog, who shares her idea of borders as anathema. Welcome one and all. Fiorina is truly smart and able, demonstrably non-corrupt, and a likable personality. Put her against Hillary, even if only as candidate for Vice President, and she comes out well.
So, second to Rand Paul and anybody, I’m going to root for a Rubio/Fiorina candidacy. And when they win, Ben Carson as something really important. Along with all the other smart candidates we have finally fielded. We have waited a long time to collect such a group of candidates.